…and for the other 90% of you

For all of those team and family members, friends and colleagues, who confide in me.
Your mantra:
Good morning
This is me.
I work for you, live many hours with you, provide skills and services for you, listen to you.
I’m happy to swap my time and talents to support you in your business endeavours.
It’s not a calling – I’m just not wired the way you are – and I have to make a living and a life.
In return, from you, I require the following:
•         leadership
⁃          I want you to be the custodian of the vision and to share that with me on a regular basis
⁃          I want you to set the standards by your own personal performance and behaviour
⁃          I want you to “let go” of management to your support team and allow us to fulfil our potential
•           management – please encourage us to have robust systems for
⁃          financial control
⁃          marketing
⁃          customer service
⁃          operations
⁃          team-building
I’d like you to invest the time in listening to me, allow me to give you feedback and give me feedback.
I’d like you spell out exactly what you want me to do and when you want it by.
I’d like you let me know regularly how I’m doing.
I’d like you to show up on time, finish what you start and say “please” and “thank you”.
I need to feel genuinely appreciated all of the time.
I want my working days to be some of the best days of my life – to feel self-actualised – to feel as if I am making a difference.
Most of all – I want you to make it really easy for me to look up to you as my boss – a truly lovely human being whom I trust, respect and like.
Then I’ll swim the channel for you every day.
If you can’t be bothered doing those things – then please don’t be surprised or hurt when I move on.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.